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Visiting Author Series

The Creative Writing program invites accomplished novelists, essayists, poets, screenwriters, and playwrights to present their work at the Okanagan Regional Library or on UBC's Okanagan Campus.

Visiting Authors | 2014 - 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 6pm | UBC's Okanagan Campus, EME 2111 

Kevin Chong 
Kevin Chong

Kevin Chong is the author of five books, most recently a novel entitled Beauty Plus Pity and the biography Northern Dancer: The Legendary Horse that Inspired a Nation. His writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Walrus, Taddle Creek, Maclean’s, Chatelaine, FASHION, Vancouver Magazine, and the CBC Arts website.  He’s an editor at Joylandmagazine.com.

 

 

 

 


 

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7pm | Alternator Gallery, 421 Cawston Ave

Joanne ArnottJoanne Arnott

Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood writer & arts activist. Joanne’s newest books are Halfling Spring: an internet romance (Kegedonce 2014) and A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale 2013). Her first book of poetry, Wiles of Girlhood won the Gerald Lampert Award in 1992. Later books include, My Grass Cradle, Breasting the Waves: On Writing & Healing, Steepy Mountain love poetry (Kegedonce Press), Mother Time: Poems New & Selected (Ronsdale Press), and the children's book, Ma MacDonald illustrated by MaryAnne Barkhouse. As editor, she was a recent guest-editor for emerge 2010 (The Writers Workshop), and was the text-editor for Salish Seas: an anthology of text + image (AWCWC). She also has two chapbooks, Longing: four poems on diverse matters (Rubicon Press) and the forthcoming the family of crow (Leaf Press). Her newest book is A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale 2013).


Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7pm

Okanagan Regional Library, Downtown Branch, 1380 Ellis Street

Ashley Little

Ashley Little

The author of three novels, two of which have been optioned for film and television, Ashley Little is the recipient of The Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her work has been shortlisted for the ReLit Award, Longlisted for the CBC Canada Writes Short Story Contest, and was recently Shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Ashley holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and is currently an MFA Candidate at UBC Okanagan.

Garry Gottfriedson

Garry Gottfriedson

Garry Gottfriedson is from Kamloops, BC. He is a self- employed rancher from the Secwepemc Nation. Gottfriedson is strongly rooted his cultural teachings. He is currently the Principal at the Sk’elep School of Excellence in Kamloops. He holds a Masters Degree in Education. In 1987, the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado awarded a Creative Writing Scholarship to Gottfriedson. There, he studied under Allen Ginsberg, Marianne Faithful and others. Gottfriedson has 8 published books. He has read from his work across Canada, United States, Europe, and Asia. His work has been anthologized and published nationally and internationally.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7pm

Okanagan Regional Library, Downtown Branch, 1380 Ellis Street

Karen Hoffman

Karen Hoffmann

Karen Hofmann has taught literature, composition, and creative writing at Thompson Rivers University since 1990. She has published fiction and poetry in several national literary magazines, including Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, Geist, Arc, Chatelaine, and A Room of One’s Own, and has won prizes for both poetry and short fiction, including first prize in the Okanagan Short Fiction contest twice, and a shortlisting for the CBC Canada Writes Short Fiction contest. A first collection of poetry, Water Strider, was published by Frontenac House in 2008 and shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay prize. Her first novel, After Alice, has just been released by NeWest Press.

Sean Johnston

Sean Johnston

Sean Johnston is the author of Listen All You Bullets (Gaspereau, 2013), The Ditch Was Lit Like This (Thistledown, 2011), All This Town Remembers (Gaspereau, 2006), and A Day Does Not Go By (Nightwood, 2002), which won the 2003 ReLit Award for short fiction. Johnston lives in Kelowna, BC, where he co-edits Ryga: A Journal of Provocations, and teaches at Okanagan College.


Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:30 pm (readings at 8:00 pm)

Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave

This event featuring UBC faculty members includes a book launch for Rader’s new book of stories, What I Want to Tell Goes Like This.

Matt Rader

Matt Rader

Matt Rader,is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of Creative Stdies. He is the author of three collections of poetry and several chapbooks, his poems and stories have appeared in many journals and anthologies and he has been invited to present his work around the world.
Rader was the recipient of the Jack Hodgins Founders Prize, and his work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award and longlisted for the ReLit Award and the Journey Prize.

Ashok Mathur

Ashok Mathur

Ashok Mathur is the Department Head of Creative Studies. Mathur’s cultural, critical, creative, and academic practice is wide ranging and investigates new models of artistic research and interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly those that pursue a social justice agenda. As a writer, cultural organizer, and interdisciplinary artist his work addresses the intersections of race, indigeneity, and creative and artistic research. His novels include A Little Distillery in Nowgong (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009) which also functioned as a collaborative art installation in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Ottawa; The Short Happy Life of Harry Kumar (Arsenal, 2001); and Once Upon an Elephant (Arsenal, 1998); in addition he has published a poetic novella, Loveruage (Wolsak and Wynn, 1993).

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